Events

Upcoming Events:

Kathak Parampara featuring guest artist Kathak legend Vidushi Saswati Sen

Ghungroo School Inc. proudly presents ‘Kathak Parampara with Saswati Sen’. an evening of mesmerising and colourful dance and music extravaganza, in the North Indian Classical style. 
Our guest artist from India, for the evening,will be Vidushi Saswati Sen,a legendary Lucknow Gharana exponent of Kathak. Senior most disciple of Padmavibhushan Pandit Birju Maharaj, she has been seen performing beside him in countless stage-shows and television programs, she still teaches and performs at his Kalashram Institute. She is also remembered for her scintillating Kathak performance in the Satyajit Ray movie, Shatranj ki Khilari (The Chess Players), We are extremely fortunate to have her come to Melbourne for the very first time, to perform at our event. 
The event will also include performances by students from Ghungroo School of Kathak Dance, who will be accompanied by eminent local artists performing live vocals, tabla and sarod. 
Venue: The Clayton Theatre, 9-15 Cooke Street, Clayton – 3168.
Date/Time:  7th April, Sunday @3.30pm for a 4pm sharp start
Tickets: $55  (*see TryBooking link below)
*Seats being limited at the Clayton Theatre, kindly book your tickets early!

3 Day Kathak Workshops

In addition to this event, she will also be running 3 Day Kathak Workshops from 8th to 10th April (Monday to Wednesday) from 6pm to 8pm.
This is a fantastic opportunity to learn face-to-face from this legendary Kathak artist. No prior dancing background is necessary for enrolment.
Book your workshop tickets here by clicking on this link 
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PAST EVENTS:

Kathak Rangmanch Pravesh – of our student Ramona Bhattacharya

We are all really excited for the Kathak Rangmanch Pravesh of our student Ramona Bhattacharya, coming up shortly on Sunday 11th February 2024. Ramona has been a student of #ghungroo since its inception in 2008. Rehearsals are on full swing with our musical team.
Vocal: Namrata Trivedi
Tabla: Tejas Choksi
Sarod: Rohan Bhattacharya
Flute: Waqas Mahmood
Parhant: Smt Sumona Bhattacharya

Kartik Festival in Kathak Dance

The Kartik Festival in Kathak Dance will be a celebration of the Kartik Purnima festival through a colourful dance and music extravaganza, where the North Indian Classical stream of Kathak dance will be performed along with the accompaniment of music in Hindustani Classical style.

This event is proudly supported by the Victorian Government Multicultural Festivals and Events program. You all are invited.

Please RSVP by registering at the following link, as seats are limited.

https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing/1140508

First Kathak Rangmanch Pravesh – student Ramya Annavarapu

We are all really excited for the Kathak Rangmanch Pravesh of our student Ramya Annavarapu coming up shortly on Saturday 17th June. Ramya has been a student of #ghungroo since 2011. Rehearsals are on full swing with our musical team.
Tabla: Pranav Ramji
Sarod: Rohan Bhattacharya
Vocal: Bimal Singh
Parhant: Sumona Bhattacharya

Kathak on TEDxUniMelb forum

Shivika Sharma has been a student of #ghungroo school since 2012 and she will be presenting a talk on Kathak dance at the TEDxUniMelb forum. Possibly for the very first time in Australia a TEDx talk is being presented on Kathak dance. A great achievement indeed. Wishing her all the best ❤️❤️

Durga Mahotsav 2022

Three consecutive nights of Classical style Kathak performance featuring senior students of Ghungroo School of Dance. Please join us in celebrating Devi Aradhana during this auspicious occasion of Navaratri and Durga Puja.

Kathak Ke Kayi Rang 

You are cordially invited to attend a mesmerising evening of North Indian classical style of Kathak Dance tracing the multicultural origins of this dance form.

Sunday 12th June @4pm 

Menzies Hall, North Dandenong

The objective of this performance will be to showcase the many flavours of traditional classical style of Kathak dance that I have learnt from my Guru Padmashree Rani Karnaa and various mentors, who are distinguished names in the world of Kathak.

Certain segments will be presented with accompaniment of live music – performed by some of the leading vocalists and musicians of Melbourne. The highlight of this year’s presentation will also be solos by senior students of the dance school.

This is a FREE EVENT! 

Proudly supported by Multicultural Festivals and Events (DFFH) Victoria and Ghungroo School Inc.

Please RSVP by registering at the following link, as seats are limited

https://www.trybooking.com/BZJZI

11th June 2021:

2nd Kathak Riyaaz Session : Emboldened by the success of our first riyaaz session, we are ready for another one. This is an excellent opportunity for the lovers of classical style of Kathak to showcase their skills in a baithak style environment in front of a crowd that is passionate about this classical art form. There will be live music accompanists for lehra and tabla to enrich your experience. Numbers are limited due to ongoing COVID restrictions. Performers interested to do a solo or those who are simply followers of this style, kindly register your interest and RSVP by emailing info@ghungroo.com.au

Past Events:

12th March 2021:

1st Kathak Riyaaz Session : An opportunity to perform solo in classical style Kathak. Each presentation has to be maximum 10min duration. Please RSVP in advance as numbers will be restricted to, as allowed by Victorian COVID restrictions. A FREE EVENT!!

 

1st Jan 2021: 

Online Kathak concert by students of Ghungroo School of Dance on 1st jan 2021. Please receive a link to the concert by registering your interest with info@ghungroo.com.au

 

 

25th June 2019:

Pt. Birju Maharaj and Vidushi Saswati Sen talking about looking forward to coming to teach and perform in Melbourne and Sydney for the very first time in September 2019

24th March 2019: We are honoured to present for the first time in Australia Pt. Birju Maharaj and Vidushi Saswati Sen

Live in Concert in Melbourne and Sydney.

For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Smt Sumona Bhattacharya on 0437 093 549.

Workshop (Melbourne):

https://www.facebook.com/events/282553112652351/

Melbourne Concert:

https://www.facebook.com/events/282553112652351/

Sydney Concert:

https://www.facebook.com/events/580612205681102/

22nd June 2018: Excited to announce our next annual Kathak concert – coming up soon!!

Facebook Link to Event Page Ghungroo School of Dance Facebook Event

Annual Kathak Concert 2018 Chhanda Manjir featuring students of Ghungroo School of Dance. Established in 2008 – the dance school will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Ghungroo School of Dance will be presenting a mesmerising evening of pure traditional classical style Kathak dance with accompaniment of Hindustani – North Indian Classical music. Some segments will be presented with live accompaniment on Tabla and Sarod played by leading musicians of Melbourne -Jay Dabgar and Rahul Bhattacharya.

 

Tickets available from TryBooking. Click this link : GhungrooTicketsTryBooking

Click on the Photos & Videos link to see more photos & videos from these events

On Saturday 24th March 2018 a Kathak Tabla Workshop was held with tabla maestro Pt. Abhijit Banerjee!! A first of its kind event, to be held in Australia.

Ghungroo School of Dance hosted a Tabla and Kathak Workshop with Pt. Abhijit Banerjee, a renowned classical musician of the highest calibre – visiting Melbourne from India. Senior students of the school performed Kathak with live accompaniment – Pt. Banerjee on the Tabla and Rahul Bhattacharya playing Lehera on Sarod. The students were fortunate enough to perform complex layakari, chhagun (6 times) and aatgun (8 times) chhanda, ginti ke bol to Pt. Banerjee’s electrifying renditions on the tabla. They also learnt and performed many new bols (compositions) from the maestro. Prior to this Pt. Banerjee has accompanied Kathak with the likes of Pt. Birju Maharaj and Pt. Chitresh Das. Pt. Banerjee appreciated the dancers for their sincere effort in performing complex footwork to live music.


Some useful links below…
YouTube
Pt Bannerjee performing with Kathak maestro Pt. Chitresh Das.
From his website ….
Considered among the top class of tabla players from India, Abhijit Banerjee is one of the most sought after creative artists in the realm of Indian classical music. Abhijit has crafted a unique style and creative approach which has brought him accolades and awards throughout the world. He is known for his sensitivity,skill and deep sense of musicality.  Apart from his contributions to Indian music he has delved into a diverse variety of world music crossover as both a performer and composer.
Recognizing his talent and natural inclination towards music his father steered him to tabla at the age of four.  Abhijit also studied vocal music and violin later in his life in making a complete musician out of him.   He is considered as one of the main disciples of the illustrious guru, the late Pt. Gyan Prakash Ghosh.
Abhijit has accompaniment on tabla nearly all of the top ranking stars of Hindustani classical music including Pt.Ravi Shankar, Late Pt.Nikhil Banerjee, Begum Parweena Sultana, Pt.Jasraj, Pt. Shiv Kumar Sharma, Dr.Balamurali Krishnan to name a few.  As a tabla soloist he has also left his distinct mark through numerous performances and publications in India & abroad.

Rahul Bhattacharya’s website ((http://www.sarod.com.au)

Press Release on Indianlink published on November 24, 2016 

http://www.indianlink.com.au/a-grand-kathak-concert/?platform=hootsuite

12 November 2016: 5th Annual Kathak Concert

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8th October 2016: Performance with live music at Navarathri Festival 2016 – Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, Dandenong

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2 July 2016: Performance at Kalapravasa – Journey of the Arts classical dance & music concert, Shri Shiva Vishnu Temple, Dandenong

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14 May 2016: Kathak dance performed at Buddha Day Multicultural concert held at Deakin Edge auditorium, Federation Square Melbourne

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21 November 2015: Diwali Function at Laverton, Victoria

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1 November 2015: Kathak Vandana performed at Vedanta Society Function

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21 March 2015:  4th Annual Kathak Concert
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26 April 2014: Kathak dance performed at Buddha Day Multicultural concert held at Federation Square Melbourne

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16 November 2013: 3rd Annual Kathak Concert

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18 May 2013: Performance at BMW Edge, Federation Square 

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16 June 2012: 2nd Annual Kathak Concert 

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25 March 2012: Performance at Jhankar 2012, Drum Theatre, Dandenong

14th May 2011: BMW Edge, Federation Square

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14th Dec 2010:  Preparing for the performance at the school fair at St Thomas School, Blackburn

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6 November 2010: Inaugural Annual Kathak Concert

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